25 Hits From the British Invasion
by Various Artists
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- Released: July 16, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Varese Fontana
- 1.Concrete and Clay - Unit 4 + 2
- 2.Tell Her No - The Zombies
- 3.Yesterday's Gone - Chad & Jeremy
- 4.Catch the Wind - Donovan
- 5.I Knew It All the Time - The Dave Clark Five
- 6.My Love - Petula Clark
- 7.I Put a Spell on You - Alan Price
- 8.Boom Boom - The Animals
- 9.Telstar - The Tornadoes
- 10.I'm a Man - The Yardbirds
- 11.Love Potion #9 - The Searchers
- 12.You Turn Me on (Turn on Song) - Ian Whitcomb & Bluesville
- 13.It's Good News Week - Hedgehoppers Anonymous
- 14.Michelle - David & Johnathan
- 15.Carrie-Anne - The Hollies
- 16.Pied Piper - Crispian St. Peters
- 17.Everyone's Gone to the Moon - Jonathan King
- 18.Tossin' and Turnin' - The Ivy League
- 19.To Sir With Love - Lulu
- 20.Sitting on a Fence - Twice As Much
- 21.I Don't Want Our Loving to Die - The Herd
- 22.Let the Heartaches Begin - Long John Baldry
- 23.Out of Time - Chris Farlow
- 24.Friday on My Mind - The Easybeats
- 25.Itchycoo Park - The Small Faces
Includes liner notes by Ian Whitcomb.
Liner Note Author: Ian Whitcomb.
Recording information: England.
Arranger: Tony Hatch.
As a single-disc compilation of British Invasion hits, this has a lot of shortcomings that prevent it from being close to an optimum British Invasion best-of, though it has a good deal of fine music. The strongest point in its favor is its quantity: there are 25 songs here of various British Invasion styles, which is good value for one CD. The drawbacks are several, starting with the most obvious one, which is the absence of any hits from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, or the Who, presumably due to licensing restrictions. Also, however, several important British Invasion artists are not represented with one of their best hits, again probably due to licensing restrictions. No one would place the Dave Clark Five's "I Knew It All the Time" as one of their more memorable singles; it just happens to be available because it predates the body of work (including all of their important hits) that can't be licensed. The Animals' "Boom Boom" is not the hit studio version, but a live 1963 performance. Several of the songs filling out the program are pop-oriented tunes that are not what anyone would consider upper-crust British Invasion classics, like Chris Farlowe's "Out of Time," Jonathan King's "Everyone's Gone to the Moon," Twice As Much's "Sittin' on a Fence," David & Jonathan's "Michelle," the Herd's "I Don't Want Our Loving to Die," and Long John Baldry's "Let the Heartaches Begin." On the other hand, you do get a number of classics, like Donovan's "Catch the Wind," the Zombies' "Tell Her No," Lulu's "To Sir With Love," the Yardbirds' "I'm a Man," the Small Faces' "Itchycoo Park," the Searchers' "Love Potion Number Nine," and the Easybeats' "Friday on My Mind" (recorded in the U.K., though the group was Australian). There are also some good just-below-first-level hits like Ian Whitcomb's "You Turn Me On," Unit 4+2's "Concrete and Clay," and the Hollies' "Carrie-Anne," and some good singles that did much better in Britain and might not be familiar to the casual listener, like the Alan Price Set's "I Put a Spell on You" and Hedgehoppers Anonymous' "It's Good News Week." But as a whole, this gives a rather distorted and too-pop-slanted picture of a great phase of '60s rock music that really needs several discs (and a better selection of material) to do it justice. ~ Richie Unterberger
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